Best 2018 Holiday Events in Jefferson County, TN

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived in Jefferson County, TN! There are so many holiday events and fun winter activities happening throughout the season that are sure to bring cheer to you & yours.  We know that at Christmas, all roads lead home, and whether you are visiting the area for the holiday season or just want to get into the holiday spirit—Jefferson County has something for everyone in your family.

Shepard Inn Holiday Open House
Friday, November 30, 2018
126 E Main St., Dandridge, TN 37725

The gorgeous and historic Shepard Inn in Dandridge will hold its annual holiday open house for a memorable evening with family and friends, old and new. It’s sure to be a magical evening that allows you to take a step back in time for an old-fashioned Christmas. 

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 2018
202 W. Main St., Dandridge, TN 37725

While you’re in downtown Dandridge, make sure to help officially commence the start of the holidays! To officially kick off Christmas in Historic Dandridge, the Dandridge Ministerial Association will hold its annual Christmas Tree lighting. Come join the festivities on the steps of the historic Jefferson County Courthouse for this magical event.

2nd Annual Cookie Crawl
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Downtown Dandridge

What’s better than a fresh batch of Christmas cookies? An entire day of cookies from some of the finest eateries in Jefferson County of course! Make sure you come early to Downtown Dandridge on December 1st to sample a variety of cookie recipes from Roper Mansion, Maxwell House, Southern Charm Restaurant, Dandridge Brewing Company Coffee House & Pub, Dandridge General Store, Appalachian Yarn Company, and Dandridge Mercantile in historic downtown. Complete the entire cookie crawl and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a massive cookie basket that would make a great gift or look fantastic on your holiday desert table.

White Pine Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Maple St., White Pine, TN 37890

The Annual White Pine Christmas parade hosted by the White Pine Fire Department is a surefire crowd pleaser with a wide range of floats and participants taking part. Of course, Santa Clause will preside over the Christmas parade and will be available for visits and photos at White Pine Books afterwards!

Glenmore Mansion Christmas Tours
Saturday, December 1, 2018 & Sunday, December 2, 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018 & Sunday December 9, 2018
10:00am-5:00pm & 7:00pm-9:00pm
1280 North Chucky Pike Jefferson City, TN 37760

While regular tours of the historic Glenmore Mansion end in October, the Victorian treasure in the heart of Jefferson City is open for just a handful of days during December for its famous Christmas tours. Come and tour this marvelous wonder in its holiday glory during the day, or in the evening for an extra special candlelight tour!


Mountain View Church Live Drive-Thru Nativity
December 7, 2018
E. Main St., Dandridge, TN 37225

Come join us for an extra special exhibition just down the road from the Historic Shepard Inn: The Mountain View Church Live Nativity scene! This drive-thru nativity scene will also offer a free keepsake ornament for the first 100 cars or while supplies last.


Jefferson City’s 7th Annual Hometown Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 2018
711 East Main St., Jefferson City, TN, 37760

The Historic Mossy Creek District is home to Jefferson City’s Hometown Christmas Holiday Market again this year and is truly on of Jefferson County’s most distinct and festive holiday shopping experiences. This one-day shopping event located at The Vault on Jefferson City’s Main Street offers truly unique gifts from local artist-vendors and will include a free DIY gift wrap station on site for your purchases.


An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Downtown Dandridge

Christmas carriage rides, caroling, and extended shopping hours sound like the perfect way to get ready for the holidays? Make sure you don’t miss An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Historic Dandridge! This Christmas holiday celebration from the days of old will offer fun and merriment for family members of all ages! 

AJ & Sallie Bush Homeplace Christmas Open House
Thursday, December 13, 2018 thru Saturday, December 15, 2018
3901 US-411, Dandridge, TN 37725

For a little bit of history and a whole lot of holiday merriment, come join us at the Bush Visitors Center for lunch and a step back in time with a tour of the very special AJ & Sallie Bush Homeplace. The Christmas home tour offers a look into a gem of Tennessee culture dressed in lush garland and winter finery.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 22, 2018
126 E Main St., Dandridge, TN 37725

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to have your little ones eat breakfast with Santa before he climbs aboard the old Dandridge fire truck for the parade! Call the historic Shepard Inn to make your reservation for a scrumptious meal with the big guy himself.

Dandridge Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 22, 2018
131 E Main St., Dandridge, TN 37725

A truly merry Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas Parade in preparation for the big day. The Dandridge Fire Department wants to invite you and your family for rejoicing at the 2018 Dandridge Christmas Parade in the heart of historic Dandridge, TN.

East Tennessee Polar Plunge
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
2805 TN-92, Jefferson City, TN 37760

Need a refreshing pick me up after ringing in the New Year? Want to also contribute to keeping Jefferson County’s waterways clean for all? Come join Jefferson County’s Chamber of Commerce along with The Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council and Cherokee Lake Realty for the first ever East Tennessee Polar Plunge! This unique event will help keep the Tennessee River beautiful and will have great food, music, costume contest, prizes and more!  Check out their website to register today!

To keep up with all events going on in Jefferson County throughout the year visit our events page!

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